(Very) Magnificent Frigatebird – Pic du Jour

Magnificent Frigatebird or Fregata magnificens, on the Isla de Aves (Bird Island) near Puerto Pizarro, Peru
Magnificent Frigatebird or Fregata magnificens, on the Isla de Aves (Bird Island) near Puerto Pizarro, Peru
Magnificent Frigatebird strutting his stuff

.. or Fregata magnificens. This is a male doing his best to attract the ladies. I hope he succeeded.

This gentleman is perched atop some trees on the enchanting Isla de Aves, or Bird Island, home to thousands of large and loud sea birds in the mangroves just outside of Puerto Pizarro, Peru. A short video of this surreal setting coming VERY soon.

The purplish sheen in the plumage on its back is one of the main differences between the Magnificent Frigatebird and Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor), whose back plumage tends toward a yellowish red sheen.

Apologies for the hard light. The timing of the tides, which shift roughly every six hours, forced a trip here in mid-day.

Near Puerto Pizarro, Peru, 11-May-2013

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  1. Jayde-Ashe says

    Wow, that is a pretty serious attraction technique. I hope he succeeded too!

  2. The Wanderlust Gene says

    Well, he sure got OUR attention! 🙂

  3. Incredible!

  4. Playamart - Zeebra Designs says

    it’s lovely, and the overhead light gave a great shadow on the puffed-out chest!

    i didn’t make it to manta today.. long story, but the day was a long one – all good.

    z

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